Tuesday, 13 September 2016

MK14 Bullock Jet Cycle finished

Why, hello there my fellow lead fiend's,

Today marks an auspicious occasion on the Papafakis calendar, for I have finally completed, after many months, a project.....bloody amazing isn't it!? From a tiny little seed inside my tiny little brain I managed to carry an idea right through the inception, design, prototyping, construction and the production phases to completion. Sound's a little bit pompous I know (like I'm in charge of running a major manufacturing department at "insert generic car company name here"), but I can't help it. I'm over the moon that I've managed to finish something. It seems like a lifetime ago that I was able to call a project done. Oh, and I even managed to paint the damn thing too! No joke! Look, I've even got pics to prove it and all!!!

Like the illustration came to life or something yeah? :P

I was gunna try and freehand the skull motif, but I'm super crap at that, so I cheated & used a transfer instead.

"What you lookin at Willis?"

Can't think of anything to say for this pic.....so I'll just type some random shite instead :P

I'm still waiting on the Space Wolves chapter insignia. Then I'll wack it on his shoulder.

Who's badddd?

So, after I finished taking photo's of this dude I thought I might as well take a few shots of his companions while I was at it. Here they be:

I finished up these four at the same time as the previous one. They'll eventually complete the squad of five
after I get around to painting up the riders.

Can you dig the digital dash panel's?

"Zooom, Zooom".......and other pretend motorbike/plane noises :)

So, that's it I suppose? The only thing left is for the guys who nabbed a bike off of me for them to paint them up. I'm really excited to seeing what they do with them. Lornalims' already finished his (well in advance of the creator I might add :D) and it turned out ace! If your interested to see the great conversion work & paint job he did then head on over to the Oldhammer forum and have a look.

Ok, I'll leave you guys alone now, bye bye :)

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Space Wolves WIP

Greetings gentiles,

Just thought I'd show you a couple of pics of my "Space Wolves in the making". It's all part of my "slowly, but surely" plan to finish all the required units I'd need to successfully run "The Wolf Time" scenario from the Book of the Astronomican. Their almost finished actually, base coating & highlights are done, just need to apply a few washes & some detail work and they'll be finished.....oh, and the basing too ;) On second thought, there's still a shit load to go isn't there!? Oh well, onwards & upwards.

Clicky click the pic if you want to see them more closer uppera!

I'm pretty excited to see how these things are gunna turn out too :)

I've mounted the five Bullock Jet Cycles on plastic chopsticks (as you do) while I attack them with my painting "skills". They'll be mounted, in the end, on those flimsy clear placky flying bases that are...well....pretty damn flimsy! 

Cheers :)

Monday, 22 August 2016

The castings' done dude.

Well, I've returned home to my other home about a weeks ago & while I was there I spent a bit of time casting up fifteen of the Bullock jet cycles. It's been a while since my last blog post, so for those of you that have no idea what the hell I'm going on about, why not have a look at this, this, this and this so that you can fully appreciate my ramblings better. All done? Good! :)

Enough talk, here's some photo's:

All the bits needed to build fifteen of the blighters.

So after I unpacked all the important stuff from my trip i.e. minis, casting stuff etcetera (bugger the clothes and other sundry items) I began working on assembling one of them. So, here is the first one off the rank, ready to be painted by yours truly.

"Who's the boss?"


You may have noticed that there's a boltgun hanging off the back of the bike? In the Wolf Time campaign the riders are equipped with them, and seeing as I'm primarily making these for said game I've decided to stay as faithful to the mini descriptions as possible. 

I've only gotta bang out another four of these guys for the game, so it shouldn't take too long. I haven't painted for so long now though that I'm feeling a little apprehensive about lifting a brush again. I've been in this situation before, and I know I'll be fine when I get back in the saddle, but it still feels a little strange none the less.

So, why did I make fifteen of them if I only needed five? Well, for two reasons really. The first was that I thought that if anyone was interested enough in my creation then I'd have a few spares that I could part with. And the second was that I didn't want to waste the left over resin, as I wouldn't have been able to bring it with me on the plane anyway. I'll be keeping hold of ten of them I think, five for the campaign & five for future projects. So I'll be selling off the other five.......if anyone wants them that is! :) 

Now the boring stuff:

I'm thinking GBP 2.50 per completed bike sounds ok? But please keep in mind that I'm not a professional caster, and as such they will require some minor filling of pin holes. I'm just doing this for a bit of fun :) If your still interested then just let me know in the comments section. Depending on demand I think I'll limit one bike per sale on a first come first served basis. Once that's been taken care of I'll be completing the sale through the Oldhammer forum.

Cheers :)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Jet Cycle in the works.

Hi all,

I've made some more progress on my toy. More ramblings about the build process can be seen here, here and here if your into this sort of thing. The bulk of it's completed, just gotta add a few details here and there and I'll be calling it done.

Here's some visual proof, in no particular order;

In the photo's above the twin bolter's & rear wing assembly have both been blu-tac'd on. I'll be casting up the wing thingy as a separate section too, just like the original. It'd be impractical to cast the bike as a single unit. 

I've only got a few more weeks left before I'm heading off to sunny Melbourne, so I better get cracking. The plan (as of now) is to get this thing finished, make a silicone mold of it and take that home with me so I can cast it up there. As I previously mentioned, it's almost impossible to get hold of polyurethane resin here, in the minuscule quantities that I require. Once I return to sunny Bangkok (with my newly completed bikes) I'll continue with the rest of the Wolf Time crew and finish off the remaining project.

Good bye for now :)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

More Bullock's.....

So, since my last post I've made a fair bit of progress on the bike. It's almost a complete unit now, but still requires quite a lot of detail work before it'll be done. What follows is a bit of the construction work I've carried out so far...albeit with a limited amount of photo's showing the initial phase of the build. I forgot to wield my phone camera at the start, as I was too focused on making the damn thing. You'll just have to believe me that I made this and not my neighbour :)

Now, here's some dazzling images for you all:

My very own MK14 Bullock Jet Cycle design studio hahaha.
Where it's at now.
Tail section built up with plastic, cardboard and GS.
Still quite a bit to go, but it's coming along.

Here's some stuff about how I made some of the separate components:

The grille was made from a Lego piece.
Many fingers were glued together while making this :(
The "exhaust" section was made from a Lego block and a Tau weapon. 
Lego piece severely reshaped & the barrel cut off of the weapon.
Cut in half & trimmed to desired form.
The beginning of the winglet redesign.

That took me about a week to accomplish.....in between tea/beer breaks. I'm not going to give a time frame on this as I almost always never finish anything that I say I will. Let me just say that I'm happy with the progress so far. The only hurdle I have ATM is trying to source resin so that I can cast this sucker up once it's complete. The only supplier I can find here will only provide in minimum quantities of 10kg! A tad more than I'd ever need in my lifetime, or the next.

Alright, enough verbal diarrhoea from me today gents. 

May all of your breathing activities be enjoyable :) 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Super sizing a boltgun.

As part of my insane quest to build a MK14 Bullock jet cycle from scratch, I needed some RT style bolters to mount on the front. Suitably chunky bolters too, if I wanted to retain that oldschool aesthetic.

Unfortunately for me (and you too), Citadel never produced chunky RT style bolters, like the type found on the original bullock. Sure, they made them, but they were integral to a miniature, being held by the dude.....not the bolter on it's own. Well, I tell a little lie, they did produce a couple of "free standing" bolters, but they were titchy small.

The only other option was to use the RBT01 placky bolters. Their side profile is great, plenty of detail. But front on, their just too narrow compared to the original bullock bolters. So, the solution? I'd need to make my own. No biggy, I just raided my bitsbox for a couple of RBT01 boltgun's & set to work.

Here's how I solved my dilema:

Standard RBT-01 placky bolter.

Grabbed two of them.

Sanded each one on either side, down to the parting line. 

Glued the two halves together.

Re-fIt a new barrel & pistol grip, done.

Old & new side by side.

What do you think?

Some of you may be thinking I'm mad, wasting my time. Could have easily just bought bolters by the dozen off of eBay. But I didn't want just any old type of boltgun though. There's two issues with the post RT bolters; Apart from all those stupid skulls sculpted onto every spare bit of space, the magazine is in the wrong place. Well, it's actually the correct place if you want to look at it from a logical &/or mechanical stand point. But aesthetically it's all wrong....for RT. And it would have shown up like dogs balls if I'd chosen to use them instead of the old style one's.

Anyway, it didn't take me that long to make it. And now I've made a silicone mold of it as well, I can cast them up whenever I feel like it. I'm sure I'll have a need for them in the future sometime.

Cheerio fella's :) 

Monday, 16 May 2016


Evening all,

Kulos' having a bath at the moment so I thought I'd do something else while I waited;

The topic of today's post is all about the MK 14 Bullock jet cycle. First illustrated by Pete Knifton, way back 1987 I think? His vision of what an RT jet bike should look like was the "ducks guts" in my opinion. But unfortunately, when the actual mini was released, I thought it looked shite. The reason's? Let me list them for you from my lofty position:

Firstly the poor guy can't even sit in the damn thing. I think I understand why GW went this way....using the placky marines from the RBT01 range was an easy fit. Whatever the real reason, they just look plain wrong standing in the saddle :(

Second, The bike is way too small. Reminds me of those monkeys you see in Circus acts. You know the ones, where they force the poor chimp to ride a kids bike around the circus arena dressed up as a clown.....fail.

Third, the sculpting is really quite poor. Not much detailing on the bike itself & the side skirt thingy looks like it was knocked up in a couple of minutes....really, I'm not joking! I kinda get the impression that it was rushed through production.

Lastly, and most importantly, it just doesn't have any real "presence" on the pretend battlefield. The "I'm a bad hombre riding a big fuck off jet bike", kinda presence! The only image that comes to my mind when I see them is "Look! Here's comes something that looks like a monkey fucking a football!" It's a bit of an extreme description, but it's the true, full-stop!

So, what's the point to all my venting? Well, I aim to rectify the manifold design deficiencies in the original. No matter how personally ill conceived they may be. Come hell or high water I'm gunna make this thing look as suitably intimidating as I possibly can....the way Pete Knifton envisaged it to be way back in 87.

I'm gunna take this travesty:

And turn it into this:

This is Roebeasts awesome colourised version of Pete Kniftons' original Illustration. What a beast!

Here are the main areas I'll be concentrating on modifying:

Hopefully, once all these steps have been carried out it should look the goods :)

I've already begun a small part of this project by modifying a set of RBT01 legs, so that the poor bugger can can sit in the seat.

Yet another project to occupy my time with :)